Technically, I guess these are M&M cookies, but I call them party cookies. Almost every birthday party I can remember as a kid had these cookies served. They are so simple but because of the candy-colored chocolate, they seem like such a happy and fun cookie – perfect for a party or celebration!
In this case, another one of my dear friends had a baby – no better reason to celebrate, right?! Party cookies were in order and delivered to the happy family! Since it is the fall season, I used the autumn-colored M&Ms available in stores right now. If I had been more organized, I would have taken a trip to Party City, Amazon.com, or a large candy store and purchased pink M&M’s (since the new little bundle is a gorgeous baby girl!). So, learn from my lesson folks: M&Ms come in any color you want these days so with a little bit of planning you can make these cookies to suit whatever party or occasion you’ve got going on.
To make these ever so slightly different I swapped the plain vanilla pudding mix with a white chocolate pudding mix. That subtle flavor combined with the milk chocolate M&Ms was excellent. Try experimenting with other flavors to make your favorite combination – I love to hear your ideas so send me an email or write a comment with details of your own creation.
- 2 1/4 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 (3oz.) package instant white chocolate pudding mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 c. M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the flour and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
Add the flour mixture.
Stir in the M&Ms. Chill the dough for at least one hour.
Using rounded spoonfuls, place the dough balls onto ungreased cookie sheets (I like to use a silpat liner).
Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. They may still look a little under-done. That’s okay, they’ll keep cooking on the tray as they cool. Once they are comfortable to touch, transfer to a cooling rack.